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Upcoming Events
 
District Announcements
DTC Early Settler Project
The fourth grade students at D.T. Cox Elementary were given a glimpse into the many skills necessary for daily life of the early Mississippi settler by the Tombigbee Pioneer Group on November 13th.  The Tombigbee Pioneer group, who are living history volunteers for the Natchez Trace Parkway, shared their skills and interests as part of the students' study of Mississippi History.  Students practiced writing with quill pens and  reflected on how their country's forefathers signed their names on the Declaration of Independence.  Students examined strange tools and articles such as a tall metal-shaped tube for drawing and carrying water and five pound irons which were heated before pressing clothing.  Students examined the process of making cloth from carding cotton or wool to spinning, and weaving it and then making a quilt with which to keep warm.  Students also enjoyed simple entertainment of the settlers such a contest of getting corncobs into a basket, dancing to banjo music and singing to the melodic sounds of the dulcimer. 

 
K Thanksgiving Feast
After studying about Pilgrims and Sioux Indians, the kindergarten students at Pontotoc Elementary School had a Thanksgiving Feast provided by the cafeteria. They also participated in an Indian PowWow. During the PowWow, Zach Fauver, a senior at PHS, shared a traditional dance in costume.  It was a great Thanksgiving celebration!
Attendance Award 3 - Students
Congratulations to Pontotoc Middle School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students for the 3rd reporting period!
Attendance Award 3 - Employees
Congratulations to Pontotoc Jr. High School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for employees for the 3rd reporting period!
DTC Library Project
The 4th grade UFO students at DT Cox Elementary School were asked to design and transform the entrance of the library into “Sir Readalot’s Castle” for the recent book fair.  The students were able to work through the engineering design process in order to brainstorm and implement their design plans.  They took measurements, determined materials needed, and worked collaboratively in order to accomplish their challenge.  They worked super hard and were extremely pleased with the end results!

 
Baseball Signees, 2014
Wednesday, November 12 was National Signing Day for Division I and II college baseball and we are pleased to have had two of our young men take part.  Delvin Zinn, pictured here with his father Reggie Zinn, signed a scholarship with Mississippi State University as a middle infielder. Will Howard, pictured here with his father Ben Howard, signed as a catcher with Mississippi College.  The two young men have both excelled on the field as well as in the classroom.  We are so proud of these two young men!
 
Attendance Award 2 - Students
Congratulations to Pontotoc Middle School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students for the 2nd reporting period!
Attendance Award 2 - Employees
Congratulations to Pontotoc Middle School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for employees for the 2nd reporting period!
Ice Water Challenge
Pontotoc Elementary students helped raise over $1,000 for "Race For The Cure" in the month of October. Part of that money was raised by purchasing cups of water for the Ice Water Challenge. The kids had a GREAT time watching their teachers get soaked!
 
PES Fossil Hunt
PES's 2nd grade gifted students spent nine weeks studying about fossils, researching Roy Chapman Andrews (who discovered the largest dinosaur graveyard in Mongolia and the inspiration for the character of Indiana Jones) and Mary Anning (the Fossil Girl of Lyme Regis), and identifying fossils in class. On October 22, these students and many parents, grandparents, and relatives experienced digging for fossils at the Blue Springs Fossil Site. Area "fossil experts" were there to help students identify their fossils. Some of their finds were exogyra costatas, turetellas, fossilized crabs, and a shark's tooth!
Band Announcement
Congratulations to the Pontotoc High School Band.  The band traveled to Pearl Saturday to compete in the State Marching Band Championships, which they qualified for in early October.  For the 2nd year in a row, they return as State Championship Medalists!  In addition, the Pontotoc High School percussion section is 4A State Champions, receiving the trophy for the highest scoring 4A drum line in Mississippi.  As another 1st, in the preliminary competition, the band received 1st place in music performance, being judged as the best playing 4A band in Mississippi.  Congratulations Band!
Christmas Play, 2014
COMING SOON....
A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol  
December 4 - 6, 2014!  
Admission $2.00 for school day performances
and
$5.00 for public performances.
Fidelis Coat Drive
The Fidelis Club, a community women’s club, is hosting a coat drive.  Each PCSD school is collecting used coats, jackets, and pullovers.  The Fidelis Club will collect, wash, and redistribute the coats back to needy members of our community.  If you have an item you would like to donate, please drop it in one of the boxes in our schools by Friday, Nov. 7th.  If you have questions, please contact Marsha Hillhouse or Kim Koon.  Thank you!
K-Spears-Pumpkin Patch
On Friday, October 17th, Penny Spears took her kindergarten class to the Blue Mountain Pumpkin Patch.  Please enjoy the following pictures!
DID YOU KNOW....
DID YOU KNOW…..
 
  • Absenteeism in Kindergarten can influence whether a child will be held back in 3rd grade.
 
  • Prisons in the U.S. are built based on 3rd grade reading scores.
 
  • As early as 6th grade, absenteeism becomes an indicator that a student could drop out.
 
  • Funding for Mississippi public schools is based on attendance for the months of October and November.
 
School attendance is important!
 
Some of this data was taken from the 2014 Attendance Works website.  This report was made possible by generous financial support provided to Attendance Works by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and W. K. Kellogg Foundation.                                                 www.attendanceworks.org
 
 
Attendance Award 1 - Students
Congratulations to Pontotoc Elementary School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students for the 1st reporting period!
Attendance Award 1 - Employees
Congratulations to Pontotoc High School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for employees for the 1st reporting period!
DID YOU KNOW....
DID YOU KNOW…..
 
  • Of graduating high school students who miss 3 days per month, only 11% are able to attend a second year of college.
 
  • Most research considers missing 10% of a school year as chronic absenteeism.  That is 18 days in an academic year at PCSD.
 
  • Funding for Mississippi public schools is based on attendance for the months of October and November.
 
School attendance is important!
 
Some of this data was taken from the 2014 Attendance Works website.  This report was made possible by generous financial support provided to Attendance Works by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and W. K. Kellogg Foundation.                                                 www.attendanceworks.org
 
 
 
 
Warrior Day, 2014
Warrior Day, 2014 was a tremendous success! It was a beautiful day in Pontotoc, Mississippi, and the members of the Warrior Nation enjoyed all the festivities. 


There was the FUN….



 
Warrior Day, 2014
The FOOD.....

Warrior Day, 2014
The FELLOWSHIP.....

Warrior Day, 2014
The PARADE.....

Warrior Day, 2014
The PEP RALLY……..



 
Warrior Day, 2014
We’d like to say a special thank you to all participants who made this such a special day for the Pontotoc City Schools – Ellen Russell for coordinating the parade, Kevin Walls for coordinating the events on the Square, Tracy Crane for coordinating the pep rally, and the PCSD employees who hung flags, moved mats, cleaned up trash, and whatever else needed to be done. 
GO WARRIORS!!  
MAGC Awards
Congratulations to Phil Webb for being awarded the Administrator Advocate Award of Excellence in Gifted Education and James Castleman for being awarded the 2014 Sherrye C. Thompson Parent Advocacy Award in Gifted Education! Both were also awarded the 2014 MAGC (MS Association of Gifted Children) Outstanding Advocate Award of Excellence.  Thank you to both men for supporting our gifted program!!
DID YOU KNOW.....
DID YOU KNOW…..
 
  • Fourth graders who miss 3 days in the month prior to their NAEP assessments have been found to score a full grade level below their peers on NAEP.
 
  • Students in grades 8-12 who miss 3 days or more per month are 7 times more likely to become drop-outs.
 
  • Funding for Mississippi public schools is based on attendance for the months of October and November.
 
School attendance is important!
 
Some of this data was taken from the 2014 Attendance Works website.  This report was made possible by generous financial support provided to Attendance Works by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and W. K. Kellogg Foundation.                                                 www.attendanceworks.org
 
 
Tenn-Tom Invitational Marching Contest
Congratulations to the Pontotoc High School Band.  They traveled to Aberdeen on Saturday, Sept. 27, to compete in the Tenn-Tom Invitational Marching Contest.  The band was rated All Superior in Drum Majors, Drums, Guard, and Band as well as winning Best In Class and Best Overall in both drums and guard.  They won Best in Class 4A band and, for the 4th year in a row, the Grand Championship for overall best band in the contest.  Congratulations PHS Band!
DID YOU KNOW.....
DID YOU KNOW…..
 
  • Students must attend school regularly to benefit from what is taught there.
  • Kindergarteners who miss an average of 3 days per month struggle to succeed in school far beyond the kindergarten year.
 
  • Funding for Mississippi public schools is based on attendance for the months of October and November.
 
School attendance is important!
 
Some of this data was taken from the 2014 Attendance Works website.  This report was made possible by generous financial support provided to Attendance Works by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and W. K. Kellogg Foundation.                                                 www.attendanceworks.org
 
 
 
 
First Lady Visits DT Cox
On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the First Lady of Mississippi, Deborah Bryant, visited DT Cox Elementary School.  Mrs. Bryant visited with two third grade classes.  She showed pictures of the Capitol and talked about her life with Governor Phil Bryant.  The students got to see pictures of her family.  She also read a book and talked about the importance of learning to read before you complete the third grade.  The faculty and staff at DT Cox did an exceptional job in welcoming Mrs. Deborah Bryant.
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Pontotoc City School District
Children First Annual Report
The Children First Act of 2009 requires local school districts to publish an annual report.  This report, according to the CFA, is to be printed in the newspaper, listed on the district website, and made available at school locations in hard copy form.  The Mississippi Department of Education, with supplemental information from individual school disticts, will be the primary source of this data.  The report will provide information to look at the district as a whole. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL REPORT.